An update from HMRC on the beta trial of its Agent Online Self Serve tool.
The private beta trial of Agent Online Self Serve (AOSS) continues, with over 1000 agents volunteering to participate. Feedback from agents has suggested enhancements to the service. These include improved:
views of PAYE liabilities and payments
clarification on the requirement for, and use of, Government Gateway and Agent Gateway ID.
There continues to be additional opportunities to provide on-going feedback following each use of the private beta service.
The opportunity for agents to join the trial has now been extended to 11 December. HMRC will continue to promote participation in the trial with agents who have fewer than 200 employer PAYE clients. Ongoing updates regarding the trial will be provided via the Tax Agent blog on GOV.UK. Information will also be provided to representative bodies to promote participation in the trial to their members.
We are also looking into making the improvements to PAYE liabilities and payments, but this will take a few months to deliver. Over the next few weeks some new features for the private beta service will be launched for testing. These will include a new ‘agent’s tax account’ home page which will provide:
access to current PAYE beta service for:
cleansing the client list, with new links to HMRC online services for PAYE
viewing a client’s PAYE liabilities and payments information, with new links to HMRC online services for that client
links to HMRC online services for SA, CT, VAT and other services that the agent is already enrolled for
links to HMRC online services for ‘authorise client’ and ‘register a client for new taxes’.
Once we launch the agents’ homepage, when an agent clicks on any of the links on the homepage, the new page will open using a new tab. In order to navigate back to the homepage, agents will need to click on the first tab. The journey back to the agent’s homepage will be refined over the next coming months. Current plans are to move the private beta service into public beta in the next few months.